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Jobseekers opting for public over private sector

Published: Friday, 08 May 2009   Category: Public sector

The public sector is becoming increasingly attractive to job hunters, including those seeking graduate positions, according to new research.

An online poll by professional recruiter Robert Walters highlighted that almost two-thirds of the 2,785 people questioned would be happy to move into the public sector.

Job hunters from Australia, Luxembourg and Ireland were found to be the most willing to enter the public sector, while in Spain and Malaysia people were less willing to consider such positions.

Oliver Harris, managing director of contract recruitment at the firm, suggested that this may be because people perceive the public sector as more secure than the "volatile" private sector.

"They are attracted by benefits that not only include job stability, but also more flexible working arrangements, competitive salaries and a good work/life balance," he added.

Speaking in the University of Lincoln's student newspaper the Linc, the institution's career advisor Paul Charman said that experience in the public sector can help graduates when looking for future positions as they will learn a lot of transferable skills, which will boost their employability.

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